Punxsutawney Phil Predicts Spring Is on the Way

Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow when he came out of his burrow at at Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, where thousands had gathered to celebrate Groundhog Day.
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While much of the country is suffering amid the record-breaking cold, there is a spot of hope: Punxsutawney Phil says spring is on the way. 

The groundhog did not see his shadow when he came out of his burrow at at Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, where thousands had gathered to celebrate Groundhog Day. 

The tradition of Groundhog Day dates back nearly 200 years, as American settlers from Germany believed a cloudless sky would lead to an extended winter. 

As legend has it, when the groundhog wakes and doesn’t see his shadow, spring is on its way — but if not, you better keep the winter coats and mittens at hand.

While Punxsutawney Phil may be the most notable groundhog, he’s not the only one, as other municipalities have adopted their own version of the prognosticating rodent.

On New York's Staten Island, so-called Staten Island Chuck didn't see his shadow either on Saturday morning.

And in Ontario, Canada, Wiarton Willie also predicted an early spring. 

Unfortunately, Phil at least doesn't have the best track record. According to CNN, he's only been right about 40 percent of the time over the last 10 years. 

So maybe keep your scarf nearby. 

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